Anchor point requirements:
- Multiple connections or permanent anchor points must be certified by a professional engineer.
- An anchor point to which a personal fall arrest system is attached must not be used to support or suspend a platform.
- Anchor points must be easily accessible, located directly above the worker and work surface, and positioned high enough to prevent a lower level from being struck if a fall occurs.
- Anchor points must not be located where sharp objects or rough edges could cause excessive wear on equipment.
- Do not select anchor points that will cause load to be applied to the snap hook lock.
- Multiple lanyards must not be used together to reach an anchor point.
- Never use guardrails, electrical conduit, floor gratings, scaffold members, insulated pipe, plastic pipe or fire suppression piping as anchor points.
The following is an example of how to calculate the minimum clearance distance below an anchor point based on a worker’s fall arrest system.
This worker needs approximately 6.0 metres (20 feet) of clear space below the anchor point.
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